blackcliff pole guide

A Comprehensive Blackcliff Pole Guide

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Genshin Impact is an open-world RPG game that features many in-game items for players to collect. With weapons being one of the essential items in games for open-world games. Genshin Impact also has five different weapon types with their unique passive abilities. With these weapons, players can easily clear in-game content and progress through their Adventure Rank.

I’ve been playing Genshin Impact since its launch and have collected different weapons so far. If you’re a beginner, you’ll be coming across unique weapons with ranging rarity. You’ll see some weapons would sync up pretty well with your playstyle. This will help you to adapt better to game mechanics.

Now, that was a bit about the game; let’s go over a weapon which you’ll see Blackcliff Pole.

Blackcliff Pole

Blackcliff Pole

Blackcliff pole is described as a weapon made of Blackstone and aerosiderite. It has a dark crimson glow on its cold black sheen.

Blackcliff Pole has a bright red color shade on its inner parts and a dark grey color layer around it. The weapon’s head looks like a mini scythe, and the color becomes more vibrant as you ascend it.

Genshin Impact has weapons that come in series, so you may be able to get a few of them in your journey. Who knows, you may even get a complete set. Blackcliff Pole belongs to the Blackcliff weapon series, themed after Blackcliff Forge. All weapons in the Blackcliff series share the same secondary stat. So, by this logic, all of them will share Press the Advantage passive.

Every weapon in Genshin Impact shows a change in appearance when you ascend or refine it. Though the difference may be minor, weapons will change their appearance.

Weapon Details:

  • Rarity: 4-star
  • Secondary Stat: CRIT Damage
  • Secondary Stat Value: 12%
  • Passive ability: Press the advantage
  • Passive ability description: After defeating an enemy, ATK is increased by 12% for the 30s. This effect has a maximum of 3 stacks, and every stack’s duration is independent of others.

Writing this guide, in Genshin Impact 2.4, you can obtain Blackcliff Pole from Starglitter Exchange shop only. You need 24 Masterless Starglitter to buy Blackcliff Pole from the shop. You can buy a maximum of three copies in one shop rotation.

WEAPON STAT PROGRESSION
Weapon Level Base Attack CRIT damage (%)
1 42 12
20 109 21.2
40 205 30.9
60 327 40.6
80 449 50.3
90 510 55.1

 

If you don’t have any other option for a polearm weapon, I recommend getting one copy of Blackcliff Pole because Masterless Starglitter is rare. The only way to obtain it is through wishes, and they cost you primogems or genesis crystals if you want to buy fates.

Now, if you pay attention to the weapon’s passive, it indicates that it’s better in a scenario where you have to fight multiple enemies. After defeating enemies, the stacks you get are time-limited, and to obtain other stacks; you need to defeat numerous enemies. If you’re using this weapon to fight a single enemy, then you’ll have only one stack of ATK buff.

So, keep that in mind before making a team composition for abyss if you’ll be using the Blackcliff pole on a character.

REFINEMENT PROGRESSION
Refinement Rank ATK Increase (%)
1 12
2 15
3 18
4 21
5 24

Ascension Material

Genshin Impact focuses on farming different in-game materials for ascending weapons or characters. Throughout the game, you’ll be collecting other materials, whether it’s crafting, cooking, or even leveling up a weapon. You’ll be investing materials from your inventory to the weapon along with mora.

Blackcliff Pole Ascension Materials
Mist Veiled Materials Mist Grass Materials Insignia Materials
Mist Veiled Lead Elixir = 3 Mist Grass Pollen = 15 Recruit’s Insignia = 10
Mist Veiled Mercury Elixir = 9 Mist Grass  = 18 Sergeant’s Insignia = 15
Mist Veiled Gold Elixir = 9 Mist Grass Wick = 27 Lieutenant’s Insignia = 18
Mist Veiled Primo Elixir = 4 Mora requirement for ascension = 150000

Now, when it comes to leveling up Blackcliff Pole to level 90, you need around 600 Mystic enhancement ores and around 700k+ mora. Yes, besides ascension cost, you’ll need to farm for weapons EXP ores in advance. If you’re looking to take Blackcliff Pole to its maximum level, you need to put in a bit extra effort.

A word of advice, you should keep on farming for materials even if you have tons of them in your inventory. Once you level up a weapon, you’ll need to forge a lot of weapons EXP ores. Why EXP ores? Because you’ll use them to level up the weapon.

I recommend you do your daily commissions, expeditions, and forge ores’ at the blacksmith shop. This way, you’ll have a constant supply of resources at your disposal and don’t have to spend too much time farming for materials.

Characters

Let’s go over characters that can use the Blackcliff pole. I’ll be giving my remarks over the use of Blackcliff pole on these characters. But before that, I’d like to mention a few points you should know before reading my comments.

  1. I’ll be considering refinement rank 1 of weapon.
  2. I’ll be considering characters at constellation 1 to avoid confusion.
  3. For weapon comparison, refer to character guides to get in-depth details.

Along with remarks, I’ll give 4-star weapon alternatives which you can use for these characters. I won’t compare weapons here because the best weapon for characters can sometimes depend on your team comp and rotation you want to perform.

Now let’s go over characters that can use Blackcliff Pole. As of writing this guide, Genshin Impact 2.4 has the following characters which can use Blackcliff pole:

Hu Tao:

Hu Tao is a 5-star pyro polearm character specializing in acting as your primary damage dealer. She’s super good at dealing with single target damage and can act as your team’s hyper carry. Blackcliff Pole is a solid choice for her, and independent ATK stacks will help boost her damage further.

4-star weapon alternatives: Dragon’s Bane, Deathmatch, White Tassel (3-star)

Xiangling:

Xiangling is a 4-star pyro character who’s good at dealing pyro damage in an area thanks to her burst. Further, you can obtain her constellations which boost her damage potential.

You can use the Blackcliff pole on her for getting decent damage.4-star weapon alternatives: Dragons’ Bane, Wavebreaker’s Fin, Favonius Lance

Thoma:

Thoma is a 4-star pyro character specializing in providing shields to your active party character. I’ll recommend you to use a weapon with Energy Recharge secondary stat. Thoma has a high burst cost means you need to have decent Energy Recharge on him to use his burst often and keep stacking shield.

I won’t recommend you to use Blackcliff Pole on him because most of his kit is guard-oriented and not offensive.4-star weapon alternatives: Favonius Lance, Black Tassel(3-star)

Raiden Shogun:

Raiden Shogun is a 5-star electro character who specializes in dealing high burst damage over her burst duration and charges burst of other characters in the party. She’s super good in different team compositions and goto choice if you want to use her as a battery to recharge bursts of other characters in your party.

I won’t recommend using Blackcliff Pole on her, but rather a weapon with Energy recharge secondary stat. Her free-to-play option ‘The Catch’ is an excellent choice that you can obtain for free by just fishing.

4-star weapon alternatives: The Catch, Akuoumaru, Wavebreaker’s Fin

Zhongli:

Zhongli is a 5-star geo polearm character who can give solid shield utility and petrify enemies in his burst for a short duration of time. He’s super good when crowd control your enemies for some time and have a space for performing team rotations.

Blackcliff pole is decent on him if you’re looking to use him as a burst damage dealer. But, make sure he has decent Energy Recharge. If you’re looking to make him shield support only, you need to stack HP on him and weapons as a secondary stat.

4-star weapon alternatives: Favonius Lance (Burst), Black Tassel(HP-3 star), Lithic Spear

Yun Jin:

Yun Jin is a 4-star geo character whose abilities scale off DEF. I’d instead advise you to avoid using her as the primary damage dealer and use her as support. Her abilities can provide a decent regular attack damage buff depending on the number of different element characters in your team. Using Weapon with Energy Recharge as a secondary stat or weapon whose passive gives DEF boost is better.

4-star weapon alternatives: Deathmatch, Favonius Polearm, Prototype star glitter

Continue reading our complete Yun Jin character guide.

Rosaria:

Rosaria is a 4-star cryo character who specializes in providing off-field damage. Blackcliff pole is a decent choice if you’re using Blizzard Strayer artifact in freeze team. You’ll have to manage her Energy Recharge requirements, and she’ll be good to go in freeze team composition.

Her passive also provides an extra CRIT rate to other team members, and if you’re looking to use her just for buffing CRIT rate. Then it would be best if you were using a weapon with CRIT rate as a secondary stat.4-star weapon alternatives: Deathmatch, Favonius Polearm, White Tassel (3-star)

Related read: Comprehensive Rosaria guide.

Shenhe:

Shenhe is a 5-star cryo character specializing in providing excellent cryo buff to team members. Her abilities scale with ATK, and it’s better to use a weapon that offers ATK% as a secondary stat.

Or even a weapon with Energy recharge would be better on her to get her burst back more often. I won’t recommend using Blackcliff Pole because it’s better to use other weapons.4-star weapon alternatives: Favonius Lance, Lithic Spear, Wavebreaker’s Fin

Xiao:

Xiao mainly acts as a 5-star anemo primary damage dealer. His abilities are offensive when it comes to the battlefield, and with good burst uptime, he can pump out some severe damage to enemies.

Blackcliff is a decent choice for him if you can manage CRIT rate and CRIT damage ratios. It would be much better if you’re using him against multiple enemies to take more benefit from Blackcliff Pole’s passive.

4-star weapon alternatives: Deathmatch, Lithic Spear, Favonius Lance

Remember, keep experimenting, and that way, you’ll be able to figure out a team that suits your playstyle and has fun playing with those characters!

Blackcliff Pole: FAQs

Question: How good are 3-star weapons in-game?

Answer: I’ll say some 3-star weapons are perfect for clearing early game content. Refinements boost weapons’ passive and help boost their overall damage. Some weapons are excellent, like The Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers and Harbinger of Dawn. You’ll be able to obtain them from a chest in the overworld and refine them.

Question: Should I feed 3-star weapons to higher rarity weapons?

Answer: I don’t know who hurt you, but please don’t do it. It’s better to have a couple of maximum refinement, 3-star weapons. If I’ll be honest, the weapons EXP you get after feeding lower rarity weapons is minimal. You’re better off using weapon’s EXP ores instead. Yeah, I know it’s boring sometimes, but you can’t run away from it.

Question: Do I need 5-star weapons to clear end-game content like Spiral Abyss?

Answer: You don’t need 5-star weapons to clear end-game content like Spiral Abyss. However, having 5-star weapons in your inventory offer a welcome damage boost.

You can also clear Spiral Abyss with 4-star weapons or even 3-star weapons with refinements. Spiral Abyss focuses on having an optimal team to clear enemies in a limited time, and team rotation does matter.

You have to invest in your characters if you’re aiming to 36-star the abyss. You need better builds for Spiral Abyss and optimize your team comps according to buffs. However, as far as clearing Spiral Abyss comes, it’s possible with 4-star weapons. So, don’t stress about it and take it easy.

Question: Should I refine the Blackcliff pole?

Answer: Refining the Blackcliff pole isn’t a good choice. It’s better to get constellations or characters which you don’t have with Starglitter. If you want multiple copies, you need a lot of Starglitter to buy a weapon or even a character. It’s better to have a character to have more team comp options. Refining would be a mistake for now, and I’m sure you’ll end up with a better weapon on the weapons banner.

Closing Remarks

I’ll say go for Blackcliff Pole if you don’t have any other polearm options. But hey, don’t go all in and buy all three refinements. Remember, you need to save that precious star glitter if you want to buy something else. The weapon’s passive is better when you’re facing multiple enemies, so it may underperform when fighting a single enemy.

I’ll be honest; I’ve not bought any weapon from the shop so far. Why? I rarely spend money within the game and don’t have enough star glitter to refine. If you like to collect weapons, have one copy of every weapon.

If you’ve come this far in this Blackcliff Pole guide, now you’re good enough to equip your characters with Blackcliff Pole. I wish you luck in your Genshin journey and enjoy every moment of it.

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